Previous
Aston Villa
Arsenal
0
3
FT
Game Details
West Ham United
Liverpool
3
1
FT
Game Details
AC Milan
Juventus
0
1
FT
Game Details
Deportivo La Coruña
Real Madrid
2
8
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Celta Vigo
2
2
FT
Game Details
America
Pachuca
2
1
FT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
4
1
FT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
FC Dallas
2
1
FT
Game Details
Hamburg SV
Bayern Munich
0
0
FT
Game Details
Mainz
Borussia Dortmund
2
0
FT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
Seattle Sounders FC
4
1
FT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
FC Dallas
2
1
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Manchester United
12:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
12:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Everton
Crystal Palace
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester City
Chelsea
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Almeria
0
0
LIVE 23'
Game Details
Villarreal
Rayo Vallecano
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cordoba
Sevilla FC
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Levante
Barcelona
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Bayer Leverkusen
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Cologne
Borussia Monchengladbach
3:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chievo Verona
Parma
10:30 AM GMT
Game Details
AS Roma
Cagliari
1:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Genoa
Lazio
1:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sassuolo
Sampdoria
1:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Atalanta
Fiorentina
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Udinese
Napoli
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Palermo
Internazionale
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Torino
Hellas Verona
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Lille
Montpellier
12:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AS Monaco
Guingamp
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lens
St Etienne
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Lyon
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dundee
Dundee United
11:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Celtic
Motherwell
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Osasuna
Mallorca
0
1
LIVE 26'
Game Details
Girona
Real Betis
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Leganes
Racing Santander
4:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Valladolid
Tenerife
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Albacete
Numancia
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Union Berlin
RB Leipzig
11:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Fortuna Düsseldorf
Heidenheimer SB
11:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Karlsruhe
Nurnberg
11:30 AM GMT
Game Details
SC Heracles Almelo
Twente Enschede
10:30 AM GMT
Game Details
AZ Alkmaar
PEC Zwolle
12:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Feyenoord Rotterdam
Ajax Amsterdam
12:30 PM GMT
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Cambuur Leeuwarden
12:30 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Utrecht
FC Groningen
2:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Belenenses
Maritimo
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Arouca
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Benfica
Moreirense
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Gil Vicente
Sporting Lisbon
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Porto
Boavista
7:15 PM GMT
Game Details
CSKA Moscow
Lokomotiv Moscow
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Kasimpasa
Karabukspor
11:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Sivasspor
Konyaspor
2:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Eskisehirspor K
Genclerbirligi
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Fenerbahce
Gaziantepspor
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
AIK
Halmstad
1:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Kalmar FF
Djurgarden
1:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mjallby
Elfsborg
1:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Helsingborg
3:30 PM GMT
Game Details
IFK
Gefle IF
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Viking FK
IK Start
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
SK Brann
Sandnes Ulf
3:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Aalesund
Stabaek
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Lillestrom
Odd Grenland
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sarpsborg FK
Sogndal
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Haugesund
Rosenborg
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Toronto FC
Chivas USA
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Toluca
Monterrey
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Queretaro
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Edmonton
Tampa Bay Rowdies
ESPN3 8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rosario Central
Arsenal de Sarandí
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Banfield
Boca Juniors
9:15 PM GMT
Game Details
River Plate
Independiente
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Boca Unidos
Aldosivi
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
All Boys
Temperley
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Crucero del Norte
Sarmiento de Junín
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Instituto de Córdoba
Nueva Chicago
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Atlético Tucumán
Sp. Belgrano
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Corinthians
São Paulo
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Atlético MG
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
EC Vitória
Bahia
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Fluminense FC
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Coritiba FBC
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Goiás EC
Palmeiras
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Gremio
Chapecoense AF
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Figueirense FC
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Racing (U)
Tacuarembó FC
1:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Danubio F.C.
Rentistas
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Defensor Sporting
Juventud
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Wanderers
Rampla Juniors
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Atenas
Nacional
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Petrolera
Aguilas Doradas
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Envigado
Independiente Santa Fe
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Uniautonoma
Atlético Nacional
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo Cali
Fortaleza CE
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Inti Gas Deportes
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
Melgar
6:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
San Martin
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rubio Ñú
Olimpia
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sol de América
Nacional
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Libertad
12 de Octubre
10:45 PM GMT
Game Details
El Nacional
Liga de Loja
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
LDU Quito
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Club Deportivo Cuenca
Barcelona
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Emelec
Mushuc Runa
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Atlético Venezuela
Deportivo Petare
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Llaneros
Carabobo
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Portuguesa
Deportivo Anzoategui
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Trujillanos
Estudiantes de Mérida
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Aragua
Zamora
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo Táchira
Tucanes
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mineros
Deportivo La Guaira
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport Boys Warnes
Bolívar
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Universitario de Pando
San José
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Potosí
Wilstermann
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Oriente Petrolero
Nacional Potosí
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next

Blanc: PSG not in best shape

PSG 3 days ago
Read
Feb 7, 2007

How to win friends and influence people

And then there were three. Having spurned suitors from Thailand and Dubai, Liverpool have finally agreed a takeover and, after Manchester United and Aston Villa, become the third Premier League club to be acquired by American investors.

Under the terms of the deal, which values the club at almost £220million, US sporting tycoons George Gillett Jr and Tom Hicks are to replace David Moores as the majority owner of Liverpool and assume control of one of the most successful and famed clubs in world football.

How Liverpool supporters react to Gillett and Hicks, particularly in comparison to the American regimes at Villa Park and Old Trafford, will be fascinating to observe, and could also go a long way to showing how successful the takeover will be. Will Gillett and Hicks be warmly welcomed as Randy Lerner was, or vilified as the Glazers were?

In matters as emotive as taking over a much-loved football club first impressions are vitally important, and in that regard Gillett and Hicks have started well; making very positive statements about Liverpool's future and speaking in reverential tones about the club's rich heritage.

In what amounts to a battle for hearts and minds the two Americans have so far conducted themselves with an impressive savvy and done much to allay the fears of many sceptical fans.

When Lerner took over at Villa the club's fans were so desperate for fresh impetus after years of inertia that they welcomed the modest millionaire with open arms, so glad were they were to see the back of Doug Ellis.

By contrast there was enormous opposition to the Glazers when they assumed control of Manchester United thanks largely to the use of debt financing to fund the takeover but also compounded by the secretive family's reluctance to speak directly to fans and reporters.

Learning from the public relations disaster that was the Glazers' takeover at Old Trafford and building on the modest success of Lerner at Villa Park both Gillett and Hicks have mounted what amounts to a charm offensive.

When Hicks, the 60-year-old owner of the MLB's Texas Rangers and the NHL's Dallas Stars, and Gillett, the 68-year-old owner of the NHL's Montreal Canadiens were formally introduced to the fans and media in Anfield's trophy room they spoke graciously and confidently about Liverpool's past, present and future.

Gillett, seemingly the more comfortable and informed of the two men (which is understandable as Hicks has only been involved in the takeover for a month), spoke with a warm disarming eloquence that will have done much to win over those who feel that football takeovers are to be regarded with suspicion.

The use of words like respect, tradition and history suggested that Gillett and Hicks had done their homework and understand the special place Liverpool has in the lives of its fans, but more than that, they spoke of the club as a community asset and referred to themselves as its new custodians rather than owners.

The only time Malcolm Glazer spoke of his family's acquisition of United he unknowingly committed the cardinal sin of refereeing to the club as a 'franchise'. While the US dictionary definition of the term might mean a professional sporting club or team, in the UK it doesn't. In fact, with absolutely no sporting connotation whatsoever, the term conjures to the average football fan images of the soulless, hard-nosed, profit-driven world of business.

Not even the most naïve fan could believe that business doesn't have a crucial role to play in football in the modern age, but the key is to relate to the average fan the necessity of a business-like approach to their team by those that own and run it.

To this end Gillett and Hicks made a conscious effort to refer to Liverpool as a 'club' rather than a 'franchise', and even though the term did crop-up late in their press conference, its use could not undo the good work they had already done.

While they were determined to present themselves as affable characters who held a healthy and growing respect for the club and its folklore neither Gillett or Hicks were unabashed when it came to discussing the nitty-gritty of the takeover or that their objective was to foster success on and off the pitch.

When Hicks said 'We know what you want, you want to win', he didn't need to add 'So do we', it was implied in all their previous and statements. After all, winning brings in money. And from next season it will bring in more than ever before.

The Premier League recently completed the process of exploiting of its television and new media rights for the next three years. Through a variety of domestic and international deals the league will generate £2.7billion over three seasons starting in August. This is almost double the value of the last three-year deal and means that the richest league in the world just got a pay rise.

The enormous wealth generated by the league for its clubs is a major attraction for investors like Gillett and Hicks. They have been coy about it so far, but they are here to make money, plain and simple. But they are wise enough, and have been in professional sport long enough, to know that winning teams make the most money.

'Winning is everything', said Gillett, and with £50million going to the champions of the Premiership next season one can appreciate his sentiments.

For supporters the takeover is great news. The new owners have bought their beloved club, wiped out its debts, are promising to push ahead win plans for the new stadium in Stanley Park and to invest in the playing squad; all with the ultimate objective of winning.

For the fans winning means trophies, for the owners winning trophies means making money and that will be their ultimate measure of success. By way of a happy coincidence success on the pitch will translate into success off the pitch. Everyone's a winner.

And as if all that weren't enough to win over the sceptics the respect offered to Rick Parry and David Moores and the promise of their continued involvement at the club is the icing on the metaphorical cake.

Parry will continue as chief executive and Moores, Liverpool's chairman and majority owner, will continue to have a presence as Life President of the club.

The decision to retain Moores and Parry is a shrewd move because, in the case of Parry, it will ensure that the takeover will have minimal detrimental impact on the day-to-day running of the club, while retaining Moores will help to further ingratiate the fans with the new regime.

Liverpool fans hold Moores in very high regard for his, and his family's steadfast commitment to the club over the last 50 years, and his seal of approval on the deal and continued presence at the club adds a vital legitimacy to the takeover.

Although Moores is a wealthy man (around £70million wealthier after the Gillett-Hicks takeover) he did not have the wherewithal to compete with Roman Abramovich and to take Liverpool to the next level. Admitting this to himself and relinquishing control of the club bequeathed him from his uncle, Sir John Moores, must have been an emotional wrench.

Moores can however take solace that his family's involvement at Liverpool coincided with an unparalleled period of success including 18 league titles and five European Cups and his final gesture to the club has been to strike a deal that should not only safeguard the club's future but that could also lead to another period of sporting success.


  • Any thoughts? Then you can email Phil Holland.